Finally took them to processing yesterday. It felt good to bring the experiment to a close. Count: Started with 41. Lost 1 to a miscount after a 'mass jail break'. Lost 6 to other issues. Observations: 41 is too many for the methods we're using. We think that staggered runs of 25-30 at 4-6 week intervals will be more manageable. ie, Have birds in the brooder the last 2-3 weeks while other birds are being finished. Any task that requires physically handling birds increases labor. We need to look at how to do day-to-day, work-related operations with the birds so that handling isn't necessary. Need a source for food that is at least 10% cheaper than buying from Southern States. Possibly to work out a local coop to split a pallet. Need secure, portable/rolling daytime pens for pasturing the birds. Need to rebuild the composting area to deal with the volume of waste. Explore deep bedding. Especially need to find out how long chicken feces has to cook before it can be worm composted. There is possibly never enough ventilation. Laying birds pecking order problems benefit from a few weeks of clean living with Meaties who have no appreciable ego. Such birds return to the coop less likely to be an over-pecked bottom bird. Chanticleer's sickles are coming back now. The taste is superb when you grow it yourself.